Why are people homeless?
Homelessness can happen to anyone. There are a lot of misconceptions about the homeless in America, including a belief that only lazy people are homeless. The Smithfield Rescue Mission has found that the cause of homelessness is not as simple as that, but there are many reasons why someone becomes homeless. Here are some of the most common reasons.
Poverty: In Johnston County,16% of people live at or below the poverty line. A new study has found that 1 in 30 children are homeless in the United States.
Unemployment and underemployment: Many people are struggling to find jobs that pay enough to cover all their bills, or allow their children to be taken care of while they are working. Without proper training or schooling, it is nearly impossible for some people to find a stable job that pays enough.
Lack of social services: During the recession we saw many people come to us for need as social services were overwhelmed or made impossible to receive. Finding help for mental health and addiction services was even harder, and remains hard to find.
Health problems: These health problems can include mental health problems that have not been treated, PTSD (particularly in veterans), and a general lack of ability to pay for proper medical care.
Lack of affordable housing: When stable jobs or well-paying jobs are hard to come by, so is affordable housing. As this area grows, access to affordable housing shrinks.
Domestic violence: Many women who are leaving an abusive situation have nowhere else to go.
Sources: http://wwwquickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/37101.html and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnston_County,_North_Carolina